Following reports of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin #Netanyahu's outrage, U.S. Secretary of State #John Kerry is looking to make one more attempt at bringing peace to the Middle East. This effort from the State Department is in response to Netanyahu lashing out at the Obama Administration for the passing of a U.N. resolution, which says that the building and expansion of Israeli settlements have no legal standing. Prior to the election, many were already anticipating President Obama to draw a hard line with the Jewish state before leaving office.

On Friday, fourteen nations under the United Nations Security Council voted for a resolution that delegitimizes Israeli settlements which have forced Palestinians off of their land, with the U.S. abstaining from the vote.

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Netanyahu claims that if the U.S. had simply voted against the resolution, it would have been better. But by allowing the vote to pass without using veto power, Netanyahu considers it a shameful act.

John Kerry's scheduled speech

Much of the language Netanyahu has used to attack the Obama administration has been to say that the decision was unprecedented. According to the "New York Times", a State Department official who wished to remain anonymous, has revealed that Kerry will be pointing out how this is untrue. They say that he plans to point out that past presidents have also condemned settlement building, saying that it prevents any peace deal from going through.

He will also dispute the accusation that the Obama administration had "blindsided" Israel.

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This also goes with the idea that the resolution was unprecedented as Kerry will point out that this does not change the International community's view that the settlements are illegal. He intends to point out that this is the consensus view. The article also says that the Wednesday speech was something John Kerry wanted to do for a while but was only given the go-ahead last week prior to the U.N. vote over the resolution.

Peace negotiations collapse

Like many former presidents, since the seventies, the U.S. has tried to broker a peace deal between Israel and Palestinians for a two-state solution where they can live side by side. But Netanyahu's involvement has only complicated the process demanding that Palestinian leaders recognize and accept Israel's right to exist. After multiple attempts, via John Kerry, the Obama administration decided to discontinue the process in 2014. At this time Israel and Hamas were waging war on each other, leaving parts of Gaza destroyed from Israeli missile attacks.

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Since the collapse of the deal, more criticism from Netanyahu has been directed at the administration over the Iran nuclear deal which John Kerry led as well, infuriating the Israeli leader who said it was a bad deal.

Kerry's final effort to negotiate terms

It's been noted that John Kerry has traveled the world trying to negotiate a ceasefire in Syria (which failed), a solution to the #Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (unsuccessful) and the Iran nuclear deal (success.) It's assumed that the scheduled speech could be the beginning of another attempt to create another resolution in the United Nations. At this point, with only weeks left before he leaves the State Department, it's unknown if the Israelis will accept this. Kerry has been adamant about these negotiations but given the tense situation of the recent resolution, Netanyahu has already gone public with his desire to work with Donald Trump.

President-elect Trump has lashed out at the United Nations, even saying he would go around them. Netanyahu has already started this process by cutting ties with all nations who agreed to the resolution. There are also reports that he will continue to go forward with the building of settlements regardless of the decision. Most agree at this point that John Kerry's speech is just for the record, to address what the administration's view is over the settlements and the resolution.